Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday Musings

Wouldn't you like to know what's on my mind?

So what is this man (me) laughing about?  I just shared with my good friend Lar the big surprise I'm planning for next year's Bloggerpalooza should it come off.  Last week's Bloggerpalooza was such a success that I have received several suggestions that we do it again.  I am quite willing to organize it again.  I thoroughly enjoyed planning, participating and meeting all my blogger friends and would love to make this an annual event.  After all, none of us are getting any younger, especially me.  By the way, the "big surprise?", only Lar and I will know.  No one, but NO ONE else will know until the night of the event.  Providing of course we have the event and everything falls into place.


Jay, Anne Marie, Java and Ron

Next year's possible Bloggerpalooza is only one of the subjects of this post.  I have a few things on deck that I have to clear off.  This is the week I meet with my urologist and oncologist.  Yes folks, that "little" issue with my prostate is still with me. Thank goodness last week's events took my mind off of my upcoming procedure.  That "event" takes place May 2nd.  They'll knock me out (thank goodness because I definitely DO NOT WANT TO BE CONSCIOUS) when then implant me with 80 to 90 radioactive seeds.  This week's meeting with my doctors is to lay out the game plan, so to speak.  Can't wait.


I bet I get to wear my hospital frock again - lovely - BTW folks, only T-shirt socks and shoes on Ron in this pic - I felt like I was ready for my porn audition

Yesterday Bill and I went down to Enterprise Car Rental in Rehoboth and reserved a mini-van for our annual trek south.  Bill visits his hometown of Toccoa, Georgia. I visit my brother John and his wife Barbara in Greenville, South Carolina. And I visit my father's ancestral homeland in the mountains of western North Carolina.  Yes folks, I'm looking for more old family cemeteries in them thar hill, especially the one of my great-great grandfather John Tipton (1830-1863) who died during the Civil War (he was recruiting for the Union Forces in the western North Carolina mountains where he lived with his family and was ambushed and killed by a Confederate Calvary which was there to stamp out men like him recruiting for the Union forces).  I just found out where he was buried with his brother-in-law Curtis Bailey this past year.  I am most anxious to visit his grave and take photos.  


Glenn and Wanda Renfro - Pigeon Roost, North Carolina - Wanda is my cousin (her grandmother and my grandfather were brother and sister) - I have a TON of cousins up there in those mountains!

Bill and I always enjoy these trips because of our time together.  I especially enjoy these trips because Bill loves the mountains and here I have him trapped on the flat coastal shores of eastern Delaware. At least once a year I can get Bill out to "soak up the mountains."  I am so happy when he is happy.  Bill will be 85 this year and this will probably be his last trip.  We all have an expiration date and I'm afraid that date is coming at us at warp speed.  This trip will be made before my procedure so hopefully it will take my mind off of that nasty piece of business for a little while longer.  


I love those North Carolina mountains!


Keep smiling folks!





17 comments:

  1. you are SUCH a tease! OMB, you tell us about a surprise, then shut your mouth?

    and have no doubt, the blogger meetup WILL happen next march. I decree it!

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    1. Anne Marie,

      It HAS TO BE A SURPRISE. I'm not telling. I just hope everyone plus more can come. We had the perfect mix last week.

      Ron

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  2. I'm looking at all these smiling pictures of me and I'm thinking "This is TOO MUCH." :)

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    1. bwhahahahaha! you rook MAHHHHHVELOUS (said in a billy crystal voice).

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    2. Anne Marie,

      Personally? I think I look like a goof smiling but too many people have told me that I "should smile more." My sister-in-law, Dr. Spo, an strangers have walked up to me in a bar and actually said "You should smile." What's with that?

      Ron

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  3. You and Bill deserve that trip and I hope it won't be the last one.
    Don't even think about the procedure; you will deal with it when the time comes.

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    1. Thank you Nadege. Bill does so enjoy these trips, especially to his hometown of Toccoa, Georgia. We both love the mountains and I especially love to roam around and take pictures of my Tipton ancestors' graves. Just a wonderful time all around. But we're both getting older now and I don't know how much longer we can make the long drive. As far as my procedure, I'm putting it out of my mind.

      Ron

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  4. It's good to see you smiling and considering plans for next year's Bloggerpalooza. I won't even venture a guess as to what the surprise might be.

    I'm sure your upcoming southern excursion will be a relaxing treat. It will be really fascinating to visit your great-great-grandfather's grave. It seems that he was very young when he was killed (33?). Your ancestors have been rooted in America for a long time.

    My maternal great-grandfather didn't come to the U.S. until around 1890, and my paternal grandfather didn't arrive here until 1910. It's difficult to trace their European roots.

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    1. Jon,

      Actually I smile a lot except when I'm at the doctor's office.

      Not even a hint as to what the surprise will be at next year's Bloggerpalooza. This is a biggie.

      For years I didn't even know where my great-great grandfather was buried. I just found out by accident this past year, and here I've been by that small cemetery several time and I didn't even know it. Yes, he was only 33 years old when he died, leaving a widow with nine children.

      My first paternal ancestor came into this country in the 1670's. My maternal ancestor came into this country in the 1850's. I'm lucky that tracing both side of my family's roots have been fairly easy.

      Bill and I do so enjoy our southern excursion. Just the two of us and the beautiful mountains. My cousin Bob Tipton and his wife want to join us this time for at least part of the trip. Cousin Bob has never visited our "roots." This should be fun. I know it was for me the first time I visited the "homeland." I understood a lot about my father once I saw where he came from. Hillbilly country.

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  5. Would love to come next year but as you know it's a long way and an expensive business. I'd like to meet up some time as I did with my blogging friend, John! It's great you have a road trip to take coming up with Bill. It will be quality time spent together. Take care! Enjoy following your blog!

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    1. Paul,

      Oh I know it is a long way and an expensive business. I doubt if I could do it if an event was held across the country. But know that you are always welcome if you're ever in the area.

      I do love road trips and with Bill they're the best because I enjoy seeing him enjoy himself. He hates living in Delaware with all this flat land. It's the least I can do, take him back to the mountains at least once a year.

      Ron

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  6. I do love the mountains of NC and VA (well, all the Appalachians and Adirondacks and all the way to Maine). I hope you have a WONDERFUL trip! Be safe!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      Our favorite part of the country. It's a shame they're so non-gay friendly in those mountains. If it wasn't for that fact we probably would be living in those mountains now. Beautiful country.

      Ron

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  7. It is good to see you smiling !

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      I took your advice, more smiling.

      Ron

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  8. Ron, that picture of you smiling with the mountains in the background, is the best one I have ever seen of you! (Except maybe in P-town in 1979.)

    I, too, love the mountains and used to have a little place between Burnsville, NC and the Tennessee line. It had a view of big bald mountain. Asheville has become somewhat more progressive and is now big on cultural arts, as is Wilmington, NC where I live.

    A couple of suggestions about next year's Blogger Palooza: don't call it March Madness as that will be too confusing when doing searches on YouTube and the internet. Also, consider having it a little later, say in April, so that we won't be at the mercy of possible bad weather. I know you are full of surprises! Many were not unveiled this year until the big dinner.

    David

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    1. David,

      We think alike! Almost as soon as I said "March Madness" I thought "No, that won't work, too much confusion." I decided to keep "Blogger Palooza." I would like to call it the "Spotacular" because Dr. Spo inspired it, but Dr. Spo, the humble man that he is, didn't want all the focus on him. That's why I changed the name. So "Blogger Palooza" it stays. As to having it later. I thought of that too because the weather would be better but the hotel rates go up significantly at the end of March plus I couldn't get the 20% discount. Our hotel has 21 rooms and 3 suites. They fill up fast during the season, especially on the weekends. This year the weather was unusually cold.

      Bill and I will be leaving in a few weeks for our Trek South. North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia are state of destination. We'll be traveling through Virginia (Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel). We'll be in Burnsville, NC, that little gem of a town at the base of the mountains.

      Thanks for the compliment on the picture. I'm happy when I'm in those mountains. You know the feeling.

      Ron

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